Aurelian Rousseau, director general of the Ile-de-France region health organization, tweeted that a 78-year-old woman had become the first person in France to be vaccinated against Covit-19.
Rousseau posted a picture of the vaccine on Twitter on Sunday, describing it as “a serious moment … carrying so much hope”.
The first person to be vaccinated was a former domestic worker named Morissette. He received the first dose of the Pfizer-Bioentech vaccine Sunday morning at a public hospital in the Greater Paris area.
“I was moved,” he said.
The 65-year-old cardiologist, Dr. Jean-Jacques Monsieur, was soon vaccinated.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted:
“Following the green light from health officials, the vaccination campaign begins today in France as well as in Europe.”
The vaccine will be completely free and voluntary, he said.
At the symbolic launch of the French vaccination campaign, a dozen elderly people and caregivers are scheduled to be vaccinated Sunday in the Greater Paris area and in the Dijon in northeastern France.
The European Union on Sunday unveiled the first phase of its mass vaccination program. France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Spain are among the member states that began offering vaccines this weekend.
The French government says it aims to vaccinate one million people by the end of February, focusing on the oldest, most vulnerable and caregivers.
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